Historic Eagle Pass is “Texas Proud” and we are not shy about celebrating it! Eagle Pass’ festivals showcase our city’s electric, eclectic, and authentic energy. During these anticipated events, our multiculturalism is elevated and honored with live music, dancing, delectable food, cultural performances, the arts, and endless fun with friends and family. Come join us!
La Cabalgata Internacional La Grande
In rich cowboy and cowgirl tradition, riders saddle up every February for a week-long trail ride from the Camino Real International Bridge II to San Antonio for the city’s Stock Show and Rodeo. Come join them if you’re hardy enough, or just come see them off to be energized by the spirit of the Lone Star State.
International Friendship Festival
Each March, the International Friendship Festival celebrates the long history of friendly collaboration between Eagle Pass, Texas, and Mexico’s Piedras Negras. It’s a highly-anticipated event filled with culture, friendship, and good times. Lively parades, scrumptious food, and activities such as mini-golf tournaments are fun for the whole family. The highlight of the festivities is the Abrazo — Spanish for “embrace” — where people from both countries line up to hug one another in the middle of the border-spanning international bridge. It is a not-to-be-missed experience!
Dog Days of Summer Festival
In August, Main Street hosts the Dog Days of Summer Festival in the 300 Block Art and Entertainment District to bid farewell to the summer and welcome the start of the new school year. This block party features live music, food trucks, refreshments, a classic car show, and fun and games for the whole family. The classic car show under the Edison string lights of downtown Main Street is a highlight with all types of muscle and classic cars on display competing for top prizes.The Dog Days of Summer Festival is open to the public and admission is free.
International Nacho Festival
Did you know that Piedras Negras — Eagle Pass’ sister city — is the birthplace of the nacho? This tasty mainstay of Tex-Mex cuisine was created in the 1940s by maitre d' Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya when American visitors arrived at his restaurant at a time when the chef was nowhere to be found. He whipped up a quick dish from the staples on hand and the rest is delicious history. During the second week of October, Eagle Pass joins Piedras Negras to celebrate their contribution to global cuisine with live music, art, cultural activities, and the “World’s Biggest Nacho” contest.
Jingle Bell Rockout on Main
Ring in the holiday season at our annual family event bursting with fun and music! Main Street becomes an outdoor Christmas party complete with live music, caroling, dancing, crafts, an appearance from Mr. Claus, and more. It is a highlight of the holiday season that celebrates the artistic, vibrant, and friendly spirit of Eagle Pass.